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Make Emergency Calls Anytime, Anywhere with the SpareOne Phone

SpareOne Emergency

The first thing most people do when disaster strikes is call 911 when they’re in trouble. When they’re not, they immediately bring out the phone book and check up on family, friends, and other relatives. You can’t get help or reach out to give help without a phone, obviously, and it’s unfortunate that most phones in the market today don’t really have the best battery lives that’ll let you do all this in times of great emergency.

There’s one, however, that’s been recently unveiled and upgraded, and that’s the SpareOne Emergency phone.Continue Reading

Panasonic Flashlight Can Be Powered With Any Size Battery

When you’re out of power and poking around in the dark, a flashlight is always useful. But you know what ends up happening half the time, right? The batteries are out, and then you have to fumble in the dark looking for new ones, and well, they’re never the right ones. Panasonic seems to have solved this issue by manufacturing a flashlight, called the Any Battery Light, that can not only accept batteries of any size, but also any number of them. So if all you have is a single AA battery, the light will still work, only for less time than if you’d loaded it up with a bunch. If you insert one of every type of supported battery (AA, AAA, D and C), the device would last for about 86h, which is plenty. Best of all, it’s expected to run about 2,000 yen (US$24), so there’s really no reason not to have one in a drawer somewhere.

It’s available starting January 24th, though we’re unsure on which markets. Probably Japan.

[ Product Page (Translated Japanese) ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Twitter Earthquake Detection is a Better Warning System Versus Traditional Sensors

Twitter Earthquake Detection

Earthquakes are scary. I was home and all alone when a 7.4 magnitude quake hit recently, so needless to say, I was a little freaked out. I tried calling my sisters and my mom, but it appeared that the phone lines were temporarily down. So instead, I went online and sure enough, a handful of my friends had already tweeted about the earthquake.

It’s probably similar situations like this that prompted seismologists to say that Twitter does a better job at ‘detecting’ earthquakes and tremors all around the world versus their own advanced equipment. This is because the tweets are posted in real-time to report the quakes as they happen, while their machines would probably still be working to pinpoint where and when the quakes had taken place.

It is for this reason that the US Geological Survey is using Twitter as an early-warning system so they can quickly gather and put together reports of earthquakes as they happen.

Paul Caruso, from the US Geological Survery, explained: “We do have sensors and it usually takes about five minutes before the sensors will see the earthquake. With this earthquake it was the case that Ted warnings that people were tweeting that they felt an earthquake actually came in before our seismometers actually registered it.”

Now this is definitely one use for Twitter that has the potential to save a whole lot of lives.

VIA [ Sky News ]

SpareOne Cellphone Runs On Single AA Battery

By David Ponce

Before they became pocket computing machines, cellphones had but one job: to make calls. That’s arguably still the most useful feature, at least when you’re in an emergency situation. The SpareOne cellphone is seeking to be your backup phone. Simple as that. It’s not fancy, there’s no touchscreen and is as dumb as a bat. But it does run on a single AA battery which, guess what, is a lot easier to find than your particular mobile’s Li-whatever powerpack. If the power’s out, or you’re stuck in the woods, you’ll be glad you kept this around. It’ll let you talk for 10 hours on that one battery but more importantly… will standby for 15 years! It takes SIM cards, so the idea is to take your dead phone’s SIM card out and insert it in this one. And even if you don’t have a SIM around, you can still call 911 with it.

At $50, you can even keep a few around, just in case. Available in March.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]